Intelligent and practical guide for educators who want to improve the way they conduct classes and evaluate students. I liked the "real life" snippetsIntelligent and practical guide for educators who want to improve the way they conduct classes and evaluate students. I liked the "real life" snippets that opened each chapter, highlighting pitfalls in common approaches before moving on to discuss best practices given current pedagogical scholarship....more
Games turns the tropes of British imperial history on their head in this well-researched and ably-argued study. She begins her story much earlier thanGames turns the tropes of British imperial history on their head in this well-researched and ably-argued study. She begins her story much earlier than most scholars with the many travellers of the early Elizabethan period providing a jumping-off point for understanding how their uncomfortable and dangerous experiences as minority figures in Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim and other communities nurtured an attitude of accommodation and adjustment that served successful English cosmopolitans well.
She plays off analytic chapters tackling travellers, traders, governors and clergy, etc., against case studies of different English establishments abroad. Games argues that the experiences of the 16th and 17th century was widespread thanks the interactions and moves of these cosmopolitan figures who featured in American, African and Asiatic spheres during the period. You may not buy all of her arguments about the causes and effects of failed or successful colonial and trade enterprises, but I think few would disagree with her demonstration that the British empire of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century was profoundly influenced by over a century of lively, diverse and memorable international experiences....more
This is a really smart book that any educator or student will want to read. Accessible prose explains key points drawn from cognitive psychology reseaThis is a really smart book that any educator or student will want to read. Accessible prose explains key points drawn from cognitive psychology research. Brown and his collaborators explode common myths about education - the value of rereading to review or practicing a lot of similar skills together in clusters. Instead, they draw from a wealth of research to show the value in immediate testing to counter forgetting, interleaving practice of various types of problems or subjects, effortful learning to ingrain information and mnemonic approaches to support recall after learning's been accomplished.
This book is going to have an immediate and ongoing impact on my teaching and I'll be sharing a lot with my students in the fall!...more
An intriguing counterpoint to his earlier "What the Best College Teachers Do", this volume concentrates not on how-to-beat college advice but longer-tAn intriguing counterpoint to his earlier "What the Best College Teachers Do", this volume concentrates not on how-to-beat college advice but longer-term and more ambitious ideas of how to live a creative and fulfilling life. Peppered with interviews with captivating individuals, both famous and lesser-known, who made and are making their mark on the world, Bain's clearly interested in encouraging readers to see education and life as something more than a game for better grades. He does include some concrete advice on how to focus on what you're interested in and keep yourself engaged as a student, but the book really isn't aimed at people in the classroom, at least not exclusively....more
This is a fabulous work of cultural history that tackles all sorts of popular Victorian entertainments from melodramas to newspapers and more. If youThis is a fabulous work of cultural history that tackles all sorts of popular Victorian entertainments from melodramas to newspapers and more. If you want to know what ordinary Londoners saw, enjoyed and explored in their off hours, Crone's book is a great introduction that lays out not only the major types of popular culture available, but also how they intersected with the world of elites, with the burgeoning regulation of a respectable-minded middle class and the occasionally crass economic engines that drove the markets of mass culture.
I learned a lot from this book, particularly regarding theatrical history (even the origins of the term "legitimate theatre"). There's a great focus on the gruesome, bloody and sensational stories that drove a lot of popular culture in the era, such as the story of Sweeney Todd and a host of real life atrocities that fuelled a reality-obsessed culture that will read in familiar ways to our reality-television modernity.
Great research, great analysis and great writing - a history that will appeal to readers who want to know more about Victorian culture, Victorian crime, Victorian class history and London's changing media experiences of the time....more
A sweeping survey of occult beliefs across western history. Not strictly chronological, not strictly thematic but interesting nonetheless and full ofA sweeping survey of occult beliefs across western history. Not strictly chronological, not strictly thematic but interesting nonetheless and full of great leads for readers to follow outside the book. I will be using this in a new course we hope to launch next year but I'll supplement with materials where I feel the collection is lacking....more
If you want to understand how people coped with the avalanche of information which printing and other early modern technologies piled onto their livesIf you want to understand how people coped with the avalanche of information which printing and other early modern technologies piled onto their lives, this is the book for you. A useful corrective to the common belief that only the 21st century has ever really seen "information overload". This study ably blends cultural, technological, print and educational history into the examination of what we understand as information and how new avenues of providing it challenged the status quo. Probably a bit too formally academic for some non-scholarly readers....more
I'd read selections from "The Feminine Mystique" over the years but never sat down to read the entire work until this 50th anniversary edition appeareI'd read selections from "The Feminine Mystique" over the years but never sat down to read the entire work until this 50th anniversary edition appeared. It's worthwhile, including multiple epilogues and introductory materials from earlier editions. They provide snapshots of how her book was seen at launch, ten, twenty and many more years after. This reiterates the enormous impact that her book had on readers then and later on.
However, the meat of the book remains the text itself and "The Feminine Mystique" stands up well as a readable work, even half a century on. Friedan's perceptiveness in describing 'the problem without a name' is bolstered by material from her own research, interviews and countless other contemporary sources. Where contemporary society encouraged men to pursue higher education, careers and grow in fulfilling ways, the mystique, bolstered by some cherrypicked elements from Freudian psychology and functionalist philosophies, urged women to subordinate all of those elements to fulfillment as a wife and mother. The problem was that so many women were driven to despair by the frustrations that they encountered in what was marketed to them as the ultimate in personal fulfillment and rewarding feminine duty.
The book lays out a damning case for how the mystique ran counter to the previous trends in American middle class culture where women's freedom and initiative had been celebrated. More damningly, Friedan shows how the mystique was endlessly useful to marketers in the burgeoning era of consumerism as well as their peers in the worlds of magazines, education and so on. Margaret Mead comes off rather badly for pushing the mystique's key message to urge women to embrace domestic service to husband and children early and totally while she, herself, did no such thing.
The book is flawed in my mind by an excessive reliance upon psychoanalysis. Many chapters focus in detail on this subject beginning with a long background on Freud's own problematic relationships with and understanding of women to page after page where Friedan uses psychoanalysis to diagnose problems in American housewives and their families all deriving from the toxic powers of the mystique. It is also relentlessly middle class: the world of the working class is almost non-existent except when evoked as servants!
I also couldn't accept her dismissals of homosexuality, particularly in men, and autism in children as consequences of pathological mother-love run amuck or improperly applied but, as I read those sections, I knew that she was approaching these topics using the thinking of the time. It's impossible to expect a book from 1963 to speak with the voice of 2013 all the time. The strength of "The Feminine Mystique" is that it evokes the past so vividly you'll think you're reading a modern history until you're jolted back into reality by those occasional tone-deaf moments.
If you want to understand the U.S. middle class culture of the 1950s and 1960s as how it played out in the media, medical, educational and marketing industries as well as in the personal stories of countless women, you should pick up Friedan's book and get to reading!...more
Grand treatment of James II' rise and fall within the context of Gallican absolutism and Catholicism as well as the usual context of English politics.Grand treatment of James II' rise and fall within the context of Gallican absolutism and Catholicism as well as the usual context of English politics. Pincus is a little bit too fond of tooting his own horn as well as repeating every key point as he move along but still a surprisingly easy read for a weighty volume. However, I'd recommend the non-scholar zip past the first two chapter which are mostly about interpretations of the Revolution and why any but his suck!...more
Definitely a good read but may have a bit too much of an axe to grind and a case to make. Revisionist history swings wildly in one direction or anotheDefinitely a good read but may have a bit too much of an axe to grind and a case to make. Revisionist history swings wildly in one direction or another. Still, a useful corrective to those who consider the Marian church a predestined failure....more
Great concept and very erudite but it's a bit of a slog to read my way through. Maybe that says more about me than the book? Nevertheless, if you're iGreat concept and very erudite but it's a bit of a slog to read my way through. Maybe that says more about me than the book? Nevertheless, if you're interested in the way in which Anglo-American relations developed in the years after the Revolution, this is a great book to fill you in. I loved the materials on literary culture most of all and found the tension of the commercial elements of early copyright an interesting sideline to colonials with chips on their shoulders versus Britons who were best by virtue of their Britishness!...more